It's been an extremely tough task but after months of deliberation, HiQ has announced the ten regional finalists in their search for a local hero.

The HiQ Hero campaign was launched in April to find some of Britain's most deserving community heroes and while the company was overwhelmed by the number of heartwarming stories entered, the ten finalists have now been selected.

The national appeal brought in nominations from communities up and down the UK, from volunteers and care workers to charity fundraisers and loving family members.

Olympic gold medalist Sally Gunnell launched the campaign for HiQ, and will present the overall winner with a £5,000 cheque for a community project of their choice, and £500 for themselves.

Each regional shortlisted winner will also receive £250 at the lunch, which will take place at the Custard Factory in Birmingham.

HiQ are now calling on residents to go online and vote for their most deserved local hero and pay tribute to their individual achievements.

HiQ's retail director Peter Tye said: "This is a huge campaign for us and we were staggered by the amount of entries and the quality of those that entered.

"It was an extremely tough task whittling them down to 10 regional shortlisted finalists, but with the heroes now chosen, we hope everyone can log on and vote for them in their droves."